Rural Development: Principles, Policies and Management comprehensively addresses the basic concepts, elements, paradigms, determinants, policy instruments, strategies, programs, and management of rural development. The book emphasizes, in particular, the pivotal role of human resources as both a means and an end of development. New pedagogical featuers have been added in the Third Edition, including 'Learning Outcomes' at the start of each chapter, and 'Main Points' summaries and 'Questions for Discussion' at the end of chapters.



Learning Outcomes

After having gone through this chapter, students should be able to

  • define and elaborate the basic concepts and elements of rural development;
  • distinguish between development and economic growth, and development and change;
  • elaborate the rationale for rural development in India;
  • explain the role of human beings as the pivot of development and
  • illustrate the dogmas in rural development.

The term ‘rural development’ is a subset of the broader term ‘development’. Howsoever we define it, development is a universally cherished goal of individuals, families, communities and nations all over the world. Development is also natural in the sense that all forms of life on planet earth have an inherent urge to survive and develop. Given these two attributes, that is, its universal supremacy as a goal and its natural occurrence, ...

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